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We do but only from jobs which we have completed and not from the outside. It is an odd thing it is what it is.

While I could image to the server it is not reliable. I cannot have even a minor hickup. If the network went down or a faulty cable occured, then the images would be ruined. Some of these drives we have one shot and that is it. So, best course of action is via an destination drive.

Ahhh, ok. Good point about the possibly flaky Ethernet cables. So just out of interest, what's the big NAS for? Also, when you do a head swap are you assisted by a machine in any way or is it completely by hand?

The big NAS for when we are done with the images we make a backup copy to the NAS. This way we can keep using the image drives as need be without the need to stockpile them. Sucks when you are looking for a drive and everything is "in use" because of the wait period.

As for head swaps... Yeah i wish there was a machine to do it for me. It is all by hand. I mean, we do have VERY specialized tools that we use on certain drives. Especially when the damn heads are parked near the spindle and not on a ramp (older drives and drives like the Seagate 7200.10,11 and 12 are like this). These tools are called head combs. Trust me, you don't want to know how much they are. Well, the good ones at least.

There is no way for a head swap to be performed by a machine it is affordable. I mean, these were created in a factory. Alas, that is to put the drives TOGETHER and not take them apart.
 
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Yeah, I'd guess you'd have specialised tools, especially considering how close the heads get to the surface. tongue.gif What's the oldest drive you/your company has recovered so far?
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1999 WD AC24300
Wopping 4344MB drive. Bad heads. Bad PCB. Firmware issues. e-e
 
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1999 WD AC24300
Wopping 4344MB drive. Bad heads. Bad PCB. Firmware issues. e-e

What was the logic in needing data recovery off that thing? They've had 17 years to copy it to literally anything else. A 50-pack of DVDs would surely be enough to hold 50 copies, and odds are pretty good that at least one would survive.
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Who knows. I didn't do the work.
 
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1999 WD AC24300
Wopping 4344MB drive. Bad heads. Bad PCB. Firmware issues. e-e

What was the logic in needing data recovery off that thing? They've had 17 years to copy it to literally anything else. A 50-pack of DVDs would surely be enough to hold 50 copies, and odds are pretty good that at least one would survive.

It doesn't really matter. It's Xeb's job to attempt to deliver what the customer wants after the customer has been made aware of the up front the costs and risks, even if it is retrieving ancient data. And good luck getting any data of a 17 year old burned DVD.
     
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This was done before my time here. So, as I said, I don't know much. Though i did recently attempt to recover from a similar drive... Didn't turn out very well.
 
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This thread should be required reading for everyone who doesn't believe they need to backup their data because they think HDDs will either give a warning before failing or can have data recovered after failure without it costing an arm and a leg, even if recovery fails.
     
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I agree. @Sean Webster Get in here and sticky mah thread boy!

What about this one? http://www.overclock.net/t/1125994/seans-data-backup-guide
     
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